Are you exhausted? Cynical? Lacking enthusiasm? Feeling or becoming inefficient? Frustrated? Losing sleep? Fatigued? You may be experiencing burnout, a type of psychological stress that back stem from a lack of control, conflict, lack of reward, loss, or trying to do too much too soon. There are several dimensions of burnout, including overload, lack of development, and neglect.
A couple of psychologists, Freuenberger and North, split burnout into twelve phases. Not everyone follows the phases in order, but they're a good way to check yourself for burnout.
Denial of Emerging Problems: becoming increasingly aggressive, sarcastic, and unsocial and blaming it on other pressures
Obvious Behavior Changes: others seeing noticible problems in your life
Depersonalization: not seeing themselves and others as valuable
Inner Emptiness: feeling nothing and possibly using unhealthy mechanisms such as alcohol and eating to cope
Depression: losing meaning and direction in life; feeling hopeless
Burnout Syndrome: physical and emotional collapse
It's easier to combat burnout before you reach full-fledged burnout syndrome, so take care of yourself now! The majority of burnout cases are related to how you deal with stress. Learn to breathe, pick up a hobby, have a great bedtime ritual, take a walk, and make sure you are setting up your diet for success.